Paper (magazine)

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Paper (magazine) Winter 2014 cover.jpg
November 2014 "Break the Internet" cover featuring Kim Kardashian
Editor Mickey Boardman[1] David Hershkovits Kim Hastreiter
Categories Fashion, music, pop culture, art
Frequency 6 per year
Publisher Paper Communications
Founder Kim Hastreiter and David Hershkovits
Year founded 1984
Based in New York City
ISSN 1073-9122

Paper, stylized as PAPER, is a New York City-based independent magazine focusing on fashion, pop culture, nightlife, music, art and film. Past cover models include Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Prince, Jeremy Scott, CL, and Jennifer Lopez.

It has been known to have celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian pose nude for their covers.

It is one of the few independent magazines that is not owned by a mass media company like Condé Nast.[citation needed]

Paper was founded and launched in 1984 by editors Kim Hastreiter and David Hershkovits (with Lucy Sisman and Richard Weigand) as a black and white 16-page fold-out (production was done in the offices of The New York Times).

The magazine has since evolved into a monthly print and digital magazine. Articles, photos, interviews, and news can be found archived on their website.

Paper also has a large social media presence on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

"Break The Internet"[edit]

In November 2014, Kim Kardashian was the cover star of the “Break the Internet” issue. Ms. Kardashian was interviewed by Paper contributor Amanda Fortini for the spread “No Filter: An Afternoon with Kim Kardashian.” The photos for the issue were taken by Jean–Paul Goude.[2] The shoot was a re-creation of Goude’s “Champagne Incident”, a series of photographs from his 1982 book Jungle Fever.[3] The cover photo, as well as the rest, feature a fully nude Kim Kardashian.

Since the story was published, it has gotten 34,147,700 unique page-views, which is more than double the amount of page-views Paper normally receives annually.[4]


Paper Communications also owns ExtraExtra, a marketing, event planning, and production company. Their clients range from Nine West to Hewlett Packard.


  1. ^ Gaffney, Adrienne (January 18, 2014). "'J.Lo of India' Draws a Crowd Downtown". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NO FILTER: An Afternoon With Kim Kardashian". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  3. ^ "These Are the Original Jean-Paul Goude Images That Inspired Kim Kardashian's Paper Magazine Cover". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  4. ^ "The 10 Most Popular Stories of the Year on". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 

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